PRIMORDIAL (50’) for piano and diverse media
A soundscape that condenses several million years of shifting Tectonic forces as the first complex life form on earth emerged. This is PRIMORDIAL, a unique merging of science and sound.
After a very successful regional tour (Burra, Melrose, Blinman, Warooka, Pt Augusta, Whyalla and Pt Lincoln in SA).PRIMORDIAL now comes to Illuminate Adelaide as part of MAAD (Music & Art After Dark) on July 31. For one night only, MAAD takes over favourite venues, galleries and laneways in the northwest corner of the CBD.
Piano: Gabriella Smart
Music: Constantine Koukias (AUS/NETH)
Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas
Saturday 31 July, 9.30pm at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace
Special offer for Soundstream audiences:
Illuminate Adelaide is offering a 30% discount to Soundstream audiences to see Primordial. To access your 30% discount, select “General Admission tickets” and enter the discount code SOUNDSTREAM where prompted (just underneath where you select your ticket type) and the discount will be applied in the cart.
Further information:
Nexus Arts Primordial by Gabriella Smart | Illuminate Adelaide
Also at Illuminate Adelaide:
Square Circles is an immersive virtual reality work that draws upon William Barton’s Country, culture and dreaming. It uses emergent digital storytelling to create breathtaking visual landscapes, featuring Barton’s visceral music, along with friend and collaborator violist Stephen King and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) and produced by Soundstream Executive Producer, Mark Patterson. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Soundstream’s Executive Producer Mark Patterson is producing a major VR work, having its World Premiere in a 360 degree projection dome at the historic Queens Theatre as part of Illuminate Adelaide.

Square Circles is an immersive virtual reality work that draws upon William Barton’s Country, culture and dreaming. It uses emergent digital storytelling to create breathtaking visual landscapes, featuring Barton’s visceral music, along with friend and collaborator violist Stephen King and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).

Set to a score performed and recorded by Barton and the ASQ on Peramangk Country at Ukaria Cultural Centre, Square Circles is a stunning blend of music and visual artistry from Go Patterson Films and Jumpgate VR.
View the trailer here:
Bookings here:

PRIMORDIAL” – For Piano and Diverse Media
Commissioned by the Hon. Christopher Schacht and Soundstream
A world premiere SA regional tour as part of South Australia’s History Festival in May 2021. BOOK TICKETS FOR:
BURRA Thursday 20th May 5.30pm
MELROSE Friday 21st May 5.30pM
BLINMAN Saturday 22nd May 5.30pm
WAROOKA Sunday 23rd May 5.30pm
PORT AUGUSTA Friday 28th May 5.30pm
WHYALLA Saturday 29th May 5.30pm
PORT LINCOLN Sunday 30 May 5.30pm
Piano: Gabriella Smart
Music: Constantine Koukias
Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas
Lighting Design: Jason James
Sound Technician: Daniel Pitman
Photography: Jack Tanner
A musical soundscape that condenses several million years of shifting Tectonic forces as the first complex life form on earth emerged. This is Primordial, a unique merging of science and sound.
A collaboration between composer Constantine Koukias (AUS/NETH) and pianist Gabriella Smart, Primordial conception is inspired by the discovery in Australia of one of the oldest life forms on the planet, the Ediacara, which lived over 550 million years ago.  Primordial is a visceral listening experience that can be performed indoors with staged lighting, or outdoors against chosen dramatic backdrops. The work commences with the the eruption of Tectonic plates that formed the Flinders Ranges and then travels through time to first appearance of the Ediacaran fossils, the first animals of life; when smothered by sand, they were fossilised as mineral ‘death-mask imprints’. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile primal sound world over 50 minutes.
Koukias is critically acclaimed for his striking operatic visual design. His compositions have earned acclaim for their mesmerising, atmospheric qualities. The intimate sounds of the piano are juxtaposed against the re-imagined primordial Ediacara soundscape. This is visceral, immersive art.
Reviews of the Athens preview showing:
“Koukias’ sharp and at times fragile music miraculously reflected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert” Thomas Tamvakos, ARCHIVE OF GREEK CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
“Gabriella Smart was ravishing and mystical… with a conquered technique”. Panagiotis Andriopoulos Athens 2020
“Ancient sounds stream from the piano and make us sit up and listen”. Sofia Theofanous, Association of theatrical and musical reviews – Estia Athens 2020

You can now watch and listen to Soundstreams hit of the 2020 RCC Festival.
A short film of the concert by Lilian Chau Sutherland and Anna Markou can be watched HERE.
And the full audio recording of the concert can be listened to HERE.
Steve Reich’s seminal work Music For 18 Musician was one of the standout concerts of the 2020 festival season. Performed on the 13 March to a sold out house in Adelaide’s Elder Hall, it was the last major event before COVID changed everything.
Producer: Gabriella Smart/Artistic director
Music Director: Vanessa Tomlinson
Vanessa Tomlinson: Xylophone 2
Amanda Grigg: Marimba 1
Peter Overall: Marimba 2
Ryan Grunwald: Maracas
Henry Millar: Marimba 3
Thomas Chalker: Vibraphone
Ciara Ferguson: Xylophone 1
Piano 1: Michael Ierace
Piano 2: Ting Yun
Piano 3: Yundi Yuan
Piano 4: Simon Pazos
Principal singers
Michelle Nicolle
Elizabeth McCall
Chelsea McGuiness
Caitlin Hearn
Samantha Webber
Bailey Coates
Violin: Simone Slattery
Cello: Anthony Albrecht
Associate Producer: Paris Williams
RCC Producer: Neil Jensen
Recording/Amplification: Daniel Pitman
Video editor/producers: Lilian Chau Sutherland Anna Markou

From isolation to inspiration, EMERGE is a concert featuring new works by South Australia’s exciting new generation of composers, curated by Dylan Crismani and presented by Soundstream.
Date: 1st November 2020
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Madley Rehearsal Studio, The University of Adelaide
Tickets: ($20 Adult | $15 Concession)
EMERGE combines acoustic instruments, electronics and live dance to create a unique artistic experience.
The composers are sound artist Jesse Budel, who has travelled the world working in the field of soundscape ecology; Dylan Crismani, whose musical style fuses American Minimalism with European Spectralism; Samantha Raftery, a passionate music educator whose music is inspired by Irish music and dance styles; and Iran Sanadzadeh, whose work explores our relationship with daily objects, actions and sound.
Soundstream Nov 1 Media Release


ACF Boost campaign: Soundstream’s donor dollar is now double the impact!
In 2019, you generously supported Soundstream through the ACF to create ‘Primordial’ by Constantine Koukias for piano and diverse media, inspired by one of the oldest life forms on the planet, the 550 million years old Ediacarans.

“Anyone who has seen these fossils can only be awestruck…. they are a thing of great beauty and have inspired internationally renowned musicians and artists.”
– Mary Lou Simpson, Chair, Flinders Ranges Ediacaran Foundation


We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many people in our community. If you’re in a position to contribute, we need your ongoing support more than ever.

Regional SA has been battered by drought and bushfire and is now experiencing increased isolation and economic hardship wrought by COVID-19. This tour is an opportunity to safely bring communities together, in artistic and educational activities, through the work’s unique crossover between music, science and geography.

‘Primordial’ was performed by pianist Gabriella Smart as a work-in-progress in the Athens Concert Hall in February 2020, and will feature as a world premiere in the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth in April 2021.

Following its world premiere, we’re launching the SA tour of ‘Primordial’. Your donation to this tour is a precious contribution to Australia’s cultural legacy through education. Performances of the work in regional SA schools will use art to inform and connect children with South Australia’s unique geological and scientific context.

Reviews of the Athens work-in-progress:

“Koukias’ sharp and at times fragile music miraculously reflected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert”

“Ancient sounds stream from the piano and make us sit up and listen”.
– Sofia Theofanous, Association of theatrical and musical reviews, Estia Athens 2020

Thanks to the generosity of Creative Partnerships Australia’s ACF Boost program, EVERY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DOLLAR YOU CONTRIBUTE UNTIL MAY 31 WILL BE MATCHED up to our target of $4,600.
So your impact is doubled! Every dollar that you donate counts: $50 converts to $100, $200 to $400, $500 to $1000!
You will directly contribute to Australia’s artistic legacy, in locations where art is most needed.
Donations raised will be used to pay artists performance fees, travel and accommodation for the May 2021 tour, with no hidden administrative costs.



Soundstream’s Artistic Director Gabriella Smart is currently undertaking a residency in Paris until early March 2020.
Check out what Gabriella is up to.
Soundstream presents Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians, Elder Hall, March 13, 8pm, part of R.C.C.  2020. Presented by Soundstream in partnership with Recitals Australia. YOU CAN BOOK HERE.

In a South Australian first, Adelaide audiences will be able to hear Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece live in concert. Four pianists, seven percussionists and four singers feature in the line-up for this mesmerising work. Often regarded as Reich’s masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians is generally regarded as one of the defining works of the 20th Century, and was included in David Bowie’s list of his 25 favourite albums of all time.
On release in 1978, the work’s impact on the new music scene was instant and overwhelming. Described by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as a ’40-year wonder’, Reich’s masterpiece continues to have an appeal and significance that transcends boundaries and defines timeless.

From September 19-22, Soundstream will host the 4th edition of the Emerging Composers’ Forum (ECF), one of Australia’s most prestigious platforms for emerging Australian composers. The ECF provides emerging composers with professional mentorship, pubic performance, recording and audience exposure to their music. Five composers selected as finalists vie for three $4000 commissions.
This time we take our music to the Scrub. The 2019 ECF will focus on site-specific music making inspired by the unique surroundings of Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, at Aldinga Beach in South Australia, and music making using found objects.
Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, near Aldinga Beach, South Australia. Photo: Cathy White
Following a national call for entries, the five emerging composers are Olivia Davies (WA), Luke Cuerel (QLD), Bea Hanna (SA), Christopher Williams (SA) and Elizabeth Jigalin (NSW).
Don’t miss the final concert of the five finalists’ works, recorded by ABC Classic FM for a later broadcast.
When: Sunday 22 September, 2pm
Where: ABC Studio 520, 85 North East Road, Collinswood.
The five finalists are mentored across the four day forum by three composer performers of international renown: Erik Griswold (USA/AUS), Catherine Milliken (GER/AUS) and Vanessa Tomlinson (AUS). Catherine Milliken is resident composer with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2018-2020.
The 2019 Soundstream Emerging Composers’ Forum is presented by Soundstream in association with the Australian Music Centre, Chamber Music Adelaide, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, University of Adelaide, Simon Hackett Wines and our broadcast partner ABC Classic FM. A huge thank you to all supporters of the ECF who donated generously to ensure its legacy, and to Arts South Australia for their vital support.

That Which Remains 
UnPiano Trio creates a unique sensory experience at sunset in Z Ward
Wednesday May 8, 6pm-7pm
Z Ward, 63 Conyngham St, Glenside, SA
Ticket price/s $20/$40
The Z Ward, with its generous musical acoustic, is as beautiful on the outside as it is chillingly grim within.” The Advertiser
UnPiano performs in Glenside’s notorious Z Ward, as part of the SA History Festival. Originally home to the criminally insane for 80 years, the empty cells and gardens of Z Ward are transformed into extraordinarily resonant performance spaces, taking the audience on a unique narrative journey. The trio will use the natural resonance and architecture of Z Ward to connect to its restless and turbulent past.

UnPiano is Derek Pascoe (saxophone) UK/Australia, Johannes S. Sistermanns (electronics, voice) Germany, and Gabriella Smart (synthesizer) Australia. The Trio was established in 2017 by three musicians from diverse backgrounds who are united by their love of freely improvised music. By exploring acoustic and manipulated sounds to create a narrative that explores emotional boundaries, they create an intimate connection to their immediate performance space. UnPiano have performed in Poland, Berlin and around Australia, including forthcoming performances at MONA.
Presented by Soundstream in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia as part of the History Festival of SA
Artist Biographies:
 Gabriella Smart
 Pianist Gabriella Smart is one of the leading advocates of new music in Australia – through performance, improvisation, collaborative composition, commissioning and curation. She is the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2019: The Australia Council for the Arts Paris Residency, and a South Australian Government Creative Fellowship. In she was awarded a Prelude Composer Residency and a UNESCO City of Music residency in Katowice, Poland. Gabriella received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. As an improviser she has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, Derek Pascoe and Johannes Sistermanns as part of their Blue Touch Trio, and Paul Grabowsky. With a background as a multi-award winning pianist specialising in classical and new music, Gabriella has performed extensively in Australia and internationally, premiering over forty new works for solo piano by Australian and international composers in Australia, Europe and China, and collaborating with musicians as diverse as Brett Dean, Elena Kats Chernin, Erik Griswold, Erkki Veltheim, Jon Rose, and Tamara Anna Cislowska.
Gabriella’s performance of Alvin Curran’s solo For Cornelius on 9/8/17 was described as ‘meltingly beautiful’ and ‘mesmerising’ (The Australian). She has performed widely as a soloist throughout Australia, and internationally, promoting the works of Australian composers. Gabriella has performed in the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, MONA MOFO, TURA (Perth) and in Europe and China. In 2010 she represented Australia at the World Expo in Shanghai. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.
Gabriella is Artistic Director of Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s New Music Ensemble-in-Residence, which received an SA Premier’s Award for Best Event in 2009, and was recognized nationally in 2013 through the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation. Soundstream established the Emerging Composers’ Forum in 2012, a national Forum creating opportunities for emerging composers through supporting the creation, workshopping, performance and recording of their works.
Derek Pascoe
Derek Pascoe has been playing saxophone professionally for over 40 years including regular TV, radio broadcasts and studio recordings across a range of genres. He was a member of acclaimed pop group Flintlock, who produced 5 albums and were featured weekly on UK national television including Top of the Pops and Tomorrow’s People. Pascoe has played at many of London’s prestigious Jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Bass Clef and the Jazz Cafe. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan and most recently in Australia with The Commitments.
In 1998 Pascoe moved to Australia from London. He completed a Master of Music at the Elder Conservatorium Adelaide in 2010, exploring performance and spontaneous improvisation techniques. Since 2000, he has lectured in Jazz theory and Improvisation across the Jazz, Classical and Contemporary disciplines at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide.
Pascoe has an extensive recording, arranging and composing history that includes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra UK, Jacqueline Dankworth UK, Shaolin Afronauts, the Zeitgeist Orchestra, John Aue and the Yearlings. His work in film includes improvised performance for the film documentary These Heathen Dreams, with music composed by Mike Darren and directed by Ann Tsoulis. In 2016 he composed and performed the music to accompany the silent masterpiece The Crowd as part of the APRA Silent Remasters series. In 2014, Pascoe composed music to Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, which received its world premiere in the Elder Hall Lunchtime Series in Adelaide. A subsequent CD recording was released in 2015 by Finepoets. Recent live performances include regular appearances at Creative Original Music Adelaide and Elder Hall Lunchtime Series concerts. Pascoe is currently composing music to the text from James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Johannes S Sistermanns
Dr. JOHANNES S. SISTERMANNS stages his compositions as electroacoustic, SoundPlastic exhibition, music theatre, urban environment, and radiophonic sound plays. He studied the “Tao of Voice” method with Stephen Cheng in New York and classical North Indian singing at the Banares Hindu University. From 1976 to 1984, he studied piano, Rhythmik, and new music theatre with Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Conservatory of Music. Performances, exhibitions, teachings, and fellowships have taken him to Japan, China, Australia, and the USA. He has been a guest artist at many international festivals, including the Knitting Factory in New York (1995), Melbourne Festival (1997), EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Adelaide Festival (2000), Donaueschinger Musiktage (1996, 1999, 2005, 2016), Electroacoustic Music Festival in Shanghai (2006), ISCM World New Music Days Switzerland (2004)/Stuttgart (2006)/Sydney (2010), Experimental Intermedia in New York (2007), ZKM Karlsruhe Sound Dome (2010) Musicarama Hong Kong (2011)MONA MOFO Festival Tasmania 2015. Sistermanns lectured at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2004, 2006), and worked as the Artistic Director of Experimental Music Theatre in Hellerau/Dresden (2010/11). He has received numerous prizes and awards including the 2015 FOREVER NOW Competition [Aphids, Melbourne]: the ‚Golden Record’ with 65 selected sound and audiovisual artworks shot in and spin through outer space, Prix PRESQUE RIEN/Luc Ferrari Paris 2015 and 1. Prize Leibniz Harmonies 2016 Hanover and the ‚GERMAN SOUNDART AWARD 2008’.